By Helen Shih, PhD

Light up the flame within

Clear guidance in the time of chaos

Why we are here

Many of us have felt being propelled to make changes in life and undergo personal transformation. This is not only happening at a personal level, but at the community and global scale. We are going through a critical transition period that is marked by rapid changes and social movement unprecedented in human history. You can read more about this topic from the writing of Dr. Helen Shih, in "The Earth Transition - A Glimpse of Reality" from our companion website of Wholesome Living on the New Earth.

To characterize this massive amount of changes, Dr. Helen Shih used the term of "Polarity Shift" in the simplest way of capturing the energetic patterns. It is like an hour glass that is being flipped over. Our old way of thinking and doing business no longer can sustain us, but bring mass destruction to the planet life and ecosystem. The old paradigm of power structures, including within families, communities, and society no longer serves us, but suppresses genuine expressions and authentic voices within us. Therefore, these patterns that are holding us back from progress are crumbling away, giving rise to new way of living and new forms of creativity on the planet. 

This is why simultaneously and spontaneously, many people are experiencing personal transformations, energetic shift, and spiritual awakening at every level of the society. At the same time, many advanced souls are coming here to assist in this transition or evolution, especially as younger generations, as women, as minority, and as members of vulnerable communities who will be empowered and lead these changes.

Because of this flipping of power hierarchy that is happening both inside ourselves and outside in the society, there will be lots of chaos and messiness in the process. Disorders and confusions are common and can be experienced by anyone in the process. Deny and refusal to change will also become apparent and can polarize the society and set a gridlock for progress. 

As Dr. Helen Shih has gone through this journey herself along with many other fellow travelers, she is able to offer guidance and clarity on how you can best live through this interesting time, and how you can become aligned and centered with the Essence of who you are and why you are here.  The purpose is to help you grow in your confidence and connection to your True Self or Light Within so that you can be confident and move towards where you need to go in your journey. 

As a result of this growth and expansion, you will have a greater capacity to overcome challenges and to be able to assist others in their transformation. In other words, we have to become the changes ourselves first and co-create the future we want to live. Below are common symptoms and tips for those who are in this transition and can benefit from learning how to navigate through the time of change.

1. For those who are about to wake up

If you are at the verge of inner awakening, you may feel very dissatisfied with your past, especially your job, career, and relationships. You may feel down and depressed, confused, lost and angry. Many people also suffer from chronicle pain, fatigue, other physical diseases or mental disorders. Your old life box which is like a caterpillar's shell can no longer fit you but rather imprison you, and therefore, you feel being propelled to make changes and become a butterfly you have been dreaming about. This partially why so many people, especially younger generations now are experiencing a tremendous amount of depression and anxiety, feeling being lost in the old frame of the society hierarchy which is more about dis-powering and exploitation rather than about empowerment and engagement. 

Collectively, these physical problems can also be manifested as societal disorders and unrest, because people are not aligned in the heart but simply live off as slaves for the rich and privileged who gobble up more and more resources and money not only in the society but also in the natural world. 

On the other hand, the rich and the privileged are not immune to this problem but are exactly in this mess as well, as they try to numb their feelings and ignore suffering of the masses by occupying themselves with egocentric power struggles, sensory indulgence, and even spiritual endeavors (which can be a form of escapism). There are also others who subject themselves to drugs, violence, crimes, and addictions as an outlet for their anger, frustration, and powerlessness. 

This is why our society is experiencing such a high level of mental health crisis, anxiety and suicide rate, despite of the material success and technological advancement worldwide. In spiritual vision, the reason why people are suffering in these symptoms is because they are spiritually deprived and separated from the Sacred Source of Nature and therefore look more like flowers being cut away from their root, therefore withering and drooping with no energy. 

If they are not connected back to the root or the Source of Life, they will eventually die. The urgent thing to do at this point is to help them reconnect to the source of healing and fountain of Universe Energy, or the "Home of the Souls" as how Dr. Helen Shih sees it, so that the lost and wondering souls can find their home again and come back to regain the connection. This reconnection is in fact needed by both those who are rich and privileged as well as those who are deprived. Otherwise, mental illness and social unrest will continue to happen throughout the entire society no matter which side of the polarity the individual situates.  

2. For those who are going through awakening

What does it mean to awake? It means you no longer identify yourself with your past, your relationship, your possession, your knowledge, etc, etc, aka, your human make up and conditioning which are essentially your human ego. Unfortunately the human ego you serve has constant, never ending needs and greed, and wants to have control and judgement in everything it sees and does. Your human ego wants to sit in the driver seat and has a say and dictates how the world operates around, as the ego always see itself as the center of your universe that spins around it and serves it. 

Rather, when you peel off the ego's camouflage, is the infinite nature and essence of who you truly are. You become powerful not because what you have but who you are. You gradually open up your inner vision and see what and who truly are surrounding you, how they truly are related to you. We don't want to spoil the fun here, as it has to be experienced by yourself. Every awakening is unique and miraculous, just as how a sprout burst out of a seed and sheds its shell. It cannot be categorized or conceptualized but has to be experienced by yourself.

Awakening can take many forms, and go through many stages. Some people reported jolt and bolt so intense that put them in shock and awe accompanied by side-effects and disorientation (for example, in Kundalini awakening). For others, it may unfold for decades, and often in a spiraling, or back and forth motion. Again, it is a process unique to every individual and soul. 

The most important thing to remember in this phase of the journey is to continue to try and never give up, be willing to give up your old comfort and be willing to open up to new possibilities. It is like a cocoon that needs to break away its old shell and emerge as a butterfly, transforming itself into a new way of living. It is hard to imagine the freedom and joy of a butterfly from the perspectives of a caterpillar. So you may experience pain, frustration, rejection and ridicules, especially from many other caterpillars whom you are used to live with and try to please or gather power from. Therefore, it can be very helpful to learn from other butterflies - the reason why we are here to guide and serve your highest good and help you fulfill this miraculous process so that one day you can also stretch your wings and fly.    

3. A Spirit in the Human Form

Well, if you have gone this far, a heart-felt thank you and congratulations! The biggest step has been accomplished. But that doesn't mean there will be less challenges and painful moments. As we are born as new babies in the new world, we become essentially spirits in the human forms. Just as human babies have to learn to talk and walk, the same is true for spirit babies who are naturally curious and want to taste everything in the new realm. 

Again there are common pitfalls and lessons that must be experienced by everyone. But the key element in this phase of the growth is to learn how to stand up with your two feet, in other words, walk in balance in the physical world, how to get back on track in case you fall (fall back to your old human habits), and how not to become victimized by egocentric traps and worldly illusions (which we are so used to, living in the old paradigm of the society). Again, we are here to guide and assist you, like a walker, to help you develop the spiritual muscle and strength to move on and truly live as a spirit in a human form.

4. For Experienced Travelers

Those of us who have gone through many trials and errors, falls and setbacks, and eventually made this far on this journey, often become teachers and guides for others, as our experiences and insight can help others avoid costly mistakes. Here we become masters of our own fate, creators of our own reality. But there are still lessons to finish, especially in terms of how to manage spiritual energy, how to play with group dynamics, and how to connect to others to build a new physical reality. Visit our new site of Wholesome Living on the New Earth for more guidance to continue this path.

As experienced seekers, the road becomes even more challenging like a "Razor's Edge". We have to continue to ward off temptations of the ego and distraction of the physical world, which can get ourselves caught in a surprise and make us free fall badly into the abyss of the human world. The free fall and climbing back process happens back and forth, to help us continue to grow, and help us develop our spiritual muscle and ability to navigate through difficulties, so that we become more skillful and more conscientious of our actions and choices. Through this process, we can be more experienced and more mature to guide other travelers.  

Another problem common seen in this phase is called "Spiritual Bypass" or escapism. We can simply slip back to our own comfort zone and meditate in ecstasy, hanging out with like-minded people who would agree with us, without wanting to be engaged with the rest of the society, seeing and hearing suffering of the sick and deprived. 

Spiritual escapism is a real and common problem among experienced travelers whose interests are often more about looking higher and far away, indulge in self-created happiness rather than being grounded in the Here and Now, and become an instrument serving others' needs. Yet spiritual empowerment ultimately has to translate to the Greater Good and betterment of the society. Only through ego-less service that the purpose of this spiritual journey can be fulfilled. Only by serving others, our own spiritual growth can be continued, which brings true joy and satisfaction. Ultimately, it is NOT about enjoyment, happiness, enlightenment or endless self-improvement we are trying to seek, but rather, elevation of humanity and evolution of the Planet Life that our soul's mission begins.         

No matter who you are and where you have gone through in your path, we will be happy to provide guidance and assistance to help you stay on track and embrace what you need to become and fulfill. If you have a question or are interested in scheduling a consultation session, please contact us and visit us in person or in remote sessions.